Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Make Lemonade

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When Sloane was just a little thing, she was working hard on a card for her Ibu when she messed up. She was just heartbroken. Sloane asked if she could have more paper and start over. I told her that we could do that, but often a mistake is a way to really get creative. She had already done so much beautiful work, it would be a shame to toss it all over one mistake. I told her that most of the time effort to fix a mistake leads to something better and more creative than what you would have made in the first place. I said, "Why don't we try and see if we can make some lemonade out of this lemon?"


Since then, Team Lawson has made it a habit of mind to try and turn disappointments into triumphs. Thank goodness. That habit is what took us to the Oklahoma Aquarium last Saturday. We had planned a trip to the museum, but ended up arriving too late to a big crowd and higher entrance fees. We decided to save the Philbrook for another trip and do something else. Time to make lemonade.

Nemo and friends

We had a far better time at the aquarium than we would have had rushing like crazy at the museum. Plus, we got to pet sharks and stingrays. It was absolutely amazing! Do I need to tell you the the aquarium makes for some really great lemonade?

Click here for more aquarium pictures. How was your weekend?


lakeviewer said...

That kind of attitude will keep you sane too!

Gigi said...

That is *such* a good way of approaching life. Oh, and getting to pet sharks and stingrays must have been amazing!

Gorgeous photos, my friend. xoxo

Char said...

i love lemonade - sometimes i love lemonade more than anything i wanted to drink before.


Jo said...

Oh my, what stunning photographs! That looks like one perfect glass of lemonade to me, xx

Marilyn said...

What a perfect analogy of lemonade out of lemons. The aquarium was a delightful thing to do. Love the pictures.

Susan Tuttle said...

Dear Heart,
You are a most inspiring mother, woman, soul:)

big warm hug to you:)

Tracy said...

What a great Mom and teacher you are, Relyn! I made lemonade, too, this weekend, but I put it in a jug. :-)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Sloane is going to grow up to be very wise...she has a very wise mommy. The photos are gorgeous!

Lara said...

What a great post! I need to be better about making lemonade in my life AND teaching my kids about it. Thank you for this, you have made me think.

And yes, the aquarium looks like it was wonderful!

Dawn said...

Terrific pictures. I've heard the aquarium is wonderful.

Jennifer Richardson said...

I said that to my kiddos too.
But when I read what you wrote,
it was as if some small part of me
heard it for the first time
from a smiling mother
and relaxed and smiled
and heaved with relief:)
Thanks, dear one.

Elle Bee said...

Absolutely beautiful photos and an even lovelier attitude to go with them! What a priceless thing to teach your child.

Derrick said...

You never said you found Nemo! Pretty tasty lemonade!

Jeanie said...

You just gave me some wonderful words to live by. We all make mistakes and start over. You're right -- that's the time to really be creative. Bravo. Good Mom.

gkgirl said...

is an excellent idea...
one that i think i will make note of.



Amy said...

Oh, I do so love unexpected adventures!

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